If you need to reduce your stress or make healthier food choices, then you won’t want to miss Park City School District’s next Lunch and Learn planned for Wednesday, Nov. 1, from noon to 1 p.m. at the District Office. Featured guests will be Randi Jo Taurel and Rebecca Brenner who will teach mindfulness techniques. In anticipation of the upcoming holidays, Taurel and Brenner will also teach mindful eating exercises.
Mindful learning includes simple ways to reduce stress and improve impulse control, attention span, emotion regulations, and empathy. Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.
Thanks to a grant from the Park City Education Foundation, the two experts are working with 12 teachers and three counselors at Ecker Hill Middle about the benefits and uses of mindfulness. The mindfulness exercises are then taught to their students and used in their classrooms.
Taurel has been teaching yoga and mindfulness to adults, children, and families since 1999. She is certified to teach yoga through Yoga Works, City Yoga (Anusara) and Yoginos; Yoga for Youth. She was voted one of the top yoga teachers in Park City for the past four years (The Park Record), 2013 Woman of the Year (PC Women’s Business Network) and a member of Park City Leadership (class 21).
Brenner is a mindfulness meditation teacher, speaker, and practitioner. Her studies have led her through a BFA and MA in movement and expression, trainings in somatic therapy, certifications in yoga through the Himalayan Institute and the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, short stints at Yoga Ashrams and weekly sits with mindfulness teacher Lama Richard Glade. Brenner is the author of “The Kid’s User Guide to a Human Life.”